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April 1, 2015 | NPR · The international superstar puts social media in the cross hairs in his latest video. Watch this thought-provoking animated short from the director of The Triplets of Belleville.
 

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · From a rebooted Romanian band to a simmering cauldron of pan-Atlantic sounds, hear five don’t-miss tracks from around the globe.
 

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March 30, 2015 | WXPN · Hear and download two songs from a Malian band that modernizes traditional music.
 

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March 29, 2015 | NPR · The Global Village host is back with a stack of music that tests the sonic limits of the squeezebox.
 

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March 25, 2015 | NPR · After an NPR staffer led Stromae through the crowd prior to his set, she likened the experience to walking John Lennon through the crowd at the height of Beatlemania.
 

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March 23, 2015 | NPR · A super-tight band from Niger creates delightful dance music. Hear the opening track from their new album.
 

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March 22, 2015 | NPR · There are plenty of musicians pouring into Austin this week for SXSW. But not all are cut from the same indie cloth. Meet Riyaaz Qawwali.
 

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March 16, 2015 | NPR · Johannesburg-based band The Muffinz tackles AIDS, politics and education while blending jazz, soul and R&B with their country’s choral traditions.
 

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March 15, 2015 | NPR · The famed Cuban collective dusts off treasures from nearly 20 years of recording and touring — just in time to say goodbye.
 

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March 7, 2015 | NPR · This week, American listeners will get introduction to the Bala Brothers, a sibling trio who broke color barriers and became three of the best-known voices in South Africa.
 

 

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · The captain and a crew member are among the boat’s 28 survivors; the UN says more than 800 would-be migrants died after cramming themselves onto the 66-foot boat.
 

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called it “a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak of listeriosis occurring over an extended period of several years.”
 

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · Michel Martin is hosting a conversation about education in New Orleans, ten years after Hurricane Katrina sparked a transformation of public schools there. Add your voice at #NOLASCHOOLS.
 

Arts & Life

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · Journalist Åsne Seierstad’s new book retells the story of Norway’s Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.
 

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV’s Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. “You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff,” she says. “We exist in the middle.”
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there’s a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.
 

Music

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · “I would like to kill the nicest man in the world,” guitarist Jesse Matthewson yells maniacally in the cold open to this three-minute tube screamer.
 

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April 21, 2015 | WXPN · Watch the 10-piece “Gulf Coast soul” band explode with energy behind singer Kam Franklin.
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · The composer is the second from the new-music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.
 

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